Winter Wonderland Wedding Expo in Nelson

This Sunday Nelson’s biggest ever bridal show will take place. If you’re in town, and you’re planning a wedding, I strongly recommend you come along and see what’s on offer! With more than 75 different local wedding product and service providers strutting their stuff, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet the people you could be working with, gather ideas, and get inspiration for your wedding plans.

And, let’s be honest – it’s a chance to take a look at the people with whom you  may be dealing, and make a no-pressure assessment of their style and personality, before you even make that first phone call. In spite of how shallow that sounds, it’s an important factor in your decision-making process.

In my experience, when it comes to choosing between similar options, personality wins out over price, almost every time. And, so it should. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so you should be able to have full confidence in the people you’re commissioning to help make it happen!

Different things will matter too different people. One of my favourite hair stylists is a smoker. And for some brides, that’s a total deal-breaker.  If that matters to you, it may influence your choice of stationer/favors, dressmaker, car hire, beauty services, etc. Your choice of the behind-the-scenes crew aren’t quite so critical, but you definitely need to have a good rapport with your photographer, video guy, Celebrant/Minister, and, to some extent, even your caterer – as they are the people you’ll be dealing with repeatedly throughout your wedding day. The last thing you want is to have someone you really can’t stand, right in your face!

Based on earlier bridal shows, I’m expecting to see mostly brides-to-be with their bridesmaids or mothers. I have to admit that there’s not a lot to enthuse grooms at most bridal shows [though this one may be the exception!]. The reality is that grooms … well,  it’s not that they don’t care, they’re just… not as into the details and decisions as brides so often are. But that’s exactly why they should at least wander through the bridal show – if they don’t see much difference between, say, the style of photographer A over photographer B, then the personal style/manner of the photographer assumes a greater level of importance.  Even if the groom doesn’t stay the distance [and trust me, there will be brides who walk these aisles for HOURS!] he should stay long enough to form an opinion at least about the vendors he didn’t want to work with, and to have some shared ideas about what you both liked or disliked, as a point of reference for future conversations.

The bridal show begins at 10am, this Sunday [18th July] at the Trafalgar Centre. There will be goodie bags and spot prizes, as well as a $10,000 prize package up for grabs.There are also two bridal fashion shows, 11am and 2 pm, including a range of bridal wear, groom’s attire, and even flower girl and page-boy outfits.

Tickets $10.00 at the door, or $8.00 if you register online before you go!

And of course, if you can’t get to the show, don’t panic – I’ll be there, updating my files, meeting new vendors, and I’ll have all the information right here at my finger tips, year round, ready for you, whenever you’re ready to take the next step in the planning process!

Don’t forget to check out our Wedding Planning Winter Workshops, too!


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